A Gift for the New Year: Helping your Student Navigate Higher Education

New Years can be a time of great excitement and anticipation but also one of angst and concern. Over this break, I have talked with many parents who are anxious about their children’s journeys at college, or their upcoming transitions into Higher Education. The conversations have reminded me of the countless discussions I’ve had with [...]

Traveling WAY beyond Global Learning

Photo by Doug Levere With less than three months into our new Project Portal, I am excited on so many levels. Student interest is high and new projects are coming in from all directions. Our digital badges are yielding important data and the resulting stories are already compelling. While there is much to dig into [...]

As our universities deepen investments in experiential learning, we need students who are ready and able to play

Increasingly, I see my University as a vast playground filled with experiences and offerings of vibrant shapes, texture and variety. Our playgrounds call us to create, to fill their spaces and open their walls, inviting in and reaching out as we become more experiential, global and integrative. While our playground is indeed spectacular, I wish [...]

My Excitement for Digital Badges

https://youtu.be/lV8f_pD1xbs Through my work at the University at Buffalo, we are embracing digital badges in an exciting and innovative way. We are using them to guide students through mentored projects- helping them prepare, engage, reflect and leverage their experiences in support of their academic and professional goals. (visit site) As I present on our new [...]

What I Know to be True

I am back in Buffalo- having just returned from our 10-year anniversary trip to Mara Tanzania. And just like that, 10 years of my life and professional energies have been wrapped up in a bow; celebrated, honored and commemorated by my dear friends and partners who made me feel special and cherished beyond description. And [...]

Why Modeling is More Powerful than Strategic Planning

Although traditional planning exercises can be useful, they're inherently limited and flat, and of little use as we try to navigate the challenges and changes that swirl around our work, lives, and efforts to add value. In this video I make the case for "modeling" as a dynamic and powerful tool to support all stages [...]

Refocusing Experiential Learning for Greater Equity and Impact

photo by Doug Levere Well-designed experiential learning offerings support deep and transformative outcomes. While this is true, it is potentially misleading- suggesting that the primary (or only) flow of learning moves from the experience- designed and delivered by educators and institutions/organizations- to the student. In reality, the student plays a more powerful role, one that [...]

Flipping the Privilege Continuum through Project-Based Collaboration

Photo by Doug Levere When I consider the promise of project-based collaboration, I get very excited. I have already seen its benefits for traditional college students. Challenged assumptions, deepened learning and clarified career goals, accompanied by fascinating cultural interactions and stories to share. It is not at all surprising that students are seeking more of [...]

Experiential Learning Calls: Join UB in Tanzania this Summer

(photos by Doug Levere) As we deepen our commitment to high-impact experiential learning and collaborative innovation, we recognize that everyone has something of value to contribute. We find that the closer we get to places, people and problems, the more we can leverage our talents, resources and connections. This is the promise of high-impact experiential [...]

Our new Tanzania Book: completely free and accessible from any computer or digital device

Book PDF I'm so excited to share our new book, "On Tanzania Time: Celebrating 10 Years of Friendship, Engagement and Discovery in the Mara Region" This book is as personal as it gets. It shares the early stages of our partnership when I first met members of the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa who were [...]